HGUC GoufSeptember 14, 2016 at 23:31 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
Tags: グフ, グフR35, プロトタイプグフ, custom paint, Gouf R35, HGUC グフ, HGUC Gouf Revive, kitbash, Prototype Gouf
This project started with the HG Gouf R35 kit. I used bits and parts from that kit for my other (still ongoing) projects, leaving me with a handful of unused parts. Instead of leaving them as junk parts, I decided to buy more parts to build a complete Gouf. Fortunately I was able to procure some HGUC Gouf Revive and HG Gouf Prototype parts from Yellow Submarine for this project. From the offset, I already decided that this Gouf won’t be blue. I went for the Sand colors of the Gouf Prototype (P-Bandai version).
Materials & methods:
You can read the works in progress page here. The color scheme I went for is pretty simple. Just 3 colors to consider:
- Thighs & biceps: Light gull gray (spray can)
- Body: ~90% german gray + ~10% propeller color (Mr Color 131)
- Limbs & head: 95% khaki + 5% smoke gray
For all other parts (backpack, joints, power cables, weapons), I used the various shades of gray and gunmetal spray cans I have at my disposal. After adding decals & clear topcoat, I applied very light weathering effects in the form of enamel wash & paint chipping. Then it’s the final flat topcoat layer.
I think I will summarize this build as a Gouf with an identity crisis. With different weapon attachments, it can look like a Gouf R35, a Prototype Gouf, or just a plain ol’ Gouf. I feel that’s a good thing. Adding modular weaponry was one of the fun points in this build.
Since 80% of this build used HGUC Gouf REVIVE parts, I thought I’d comment on it a bit:
- The leg articulation is very good; the knees can bend quite a lot. The feet could’ve used a bit more articulation, though.
- The front skirt armor tends to pop out, especially when posing with the legs raised.
- Torso is well articulated, but the polycap joint in the chest feels a bit flimsy; the chest tends to sag sideways or backwards.
- The chest power cables also likes to pop out from the front socket. Not sure if it’s to do with the soft M.S.G cables I used.
To conclude, this was a fun kitbashing project that led me to realize my own gunpla building niche: adding modular weapons and painting existing color schemes on different mobile suits.